ALL-RECORD-JOURNAL LACROSSE: An era ends, one extends, records fall and the kids come of age

ALL-RECORD-JOURNAL LACROSSE: An era ends, one extends, records fall and the kids come of age



MERIDEN — A whole lot of scoring goes out the door as we pour the foundation of the All-Record-Journal Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams.

Over at Cheshire, Anne Eddy scored 94 goals this season and signed off with 217 for her career. Fellow senior Annie Acquavita had 50 and 118.

Carlee Crispens notched 59 this spring at Sheehan and Evan Johanns pocketed 51 in Southington.

Staggering stuff, and yet the 2019 lacrosse season wasn’t just about scoring goals.

It was the end of an era in Cheshire, where Rich Pulisciano, a one-time player when he attended Cheshire High back in the late 1980s, stepped down as boys head coach after 21 seasons.

Pulisciano piled up 268 wins and two state championships with the Rams. He signed off receiving the Frank Barron Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.

Over at Sheehan, meanwhile, the start of an era continued. Both the boys and girls teams, in just their sixth season of varsity, enjoyed their best combined spring to date.

Both won 14 games, including a couple in the postseason. The boys reached the Class S semifinals. The girls played their way in to the Class S quarterfinals.

Both Southington teams reached the Class L tournament. The Cheshire girls went 17-3 and earned coach Dan Warburton career win No. 250 along the way.

There were individual stars: one All-American, two SCC Players of the Year, six All-Staters.

There were three record-breakers and two sibling combinations. Two of the record-breakers broke the records of their older sisters.

Sorta one big happy family in the house of All-RJ lacrosse in the spring of 2019. Let’s get building.

Cheshire

The Rams, regardless of record, remain the flagship program in the R-J coverage area. No local school has been playing the sport longer or against tougher competition.

The Rich Pulisciano Era ended shy of the postseason at 6-10. A bit deceiving, that record. Five losses came by three goals or less.

Senior Tim Krutz earned All-SCC First Team and All-State Second Team stripes. He led the Rams in scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists.

Cheshire also had an All-SCC First Team defenseman in Jason Shumilla. The junior combined with sophomore Nick DiDomizio and junior goaltender Brendan Grove on a defense that allowed just 7.5 goals a game. Grove made 192 saves and posted a save percentage of .619.

The Cheshire girls were led by Anne Eddy, who was an All-American not once, but twice. She surpassed her older sister Katherine Eddy in the Lady Rams’ record book with those 94 goals this spring.

Anne Eddy finished No. 3 all-time in Cheshire with 217 goals for her career. She was the SCC Tier I and Record-Journal Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year. She’ll continue her career at Colby College up in Waterville, Maine.

Joining Eddy as All-State and All-SCC First Team were senior Annie Acquavita and junior Megan Daly. Acquavita scored 50 goals. Daly’s job as a defender was to shut down the other team’s top scorer.

Acquavita is going on to play at the University of New Haven. Daly will be back in hopes of leading the Rams to the SCC and Class L state banners that proved elusive this year.

Daly will be joined by All-SCC and All-State Second Teamer Raegan Bailey. This spring, in her sophomore year, Bailey scored 53 goals and set up 21.

The defense was headlined by junior goalie Sophie Kurtz and senior defender Kayla Sansone. Kurtz made 103 saves. Sansone was named All-SCC First Team for a second straight season.

Another senior, Mikayla Crowley, made All-SCC Second Team. She finished her career with 82 goals, ostensibly in her “second” sport. In field hockey, Crowley was the SCC and Record-Journal Player of the Year.

Southington

No matter which Southington team you watched this year, someone named Brown was in net making the saves. Junior Garrett Brown had a .607 save percentage for the boys team. His twin sister Mackenzie stopped half the shots she saw on the girls team and was named All-CCC South.

Actually, the Browns are triplets. The third of their number, Camden, returned from an injury to help the boys team finish 10-6 and win a dramatic Class L qualifying game against Stamford in overtime.

The Browns will be back for another season. In the meantime, the Blue Knights bid farewell to some cornerstone seniors, starting with All-CCC Central defender Eli Steindl.

Leading scorer Evan Johanns heads to Hartwick College. Those 51 goals this spring gave Johanns 103 for his career. He was the 2019 Record-Journal Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Face-off specialist Matt Thompson, a two-year captain, is going on to play at UMass-Dartmouth. All-CCC Central attacker Ethan Thomson will be at Western Connecticut State after a 16-goal senior season.

The Lady Knights, on the other hand, will return a solid junior class led by Mackenzie Brown and fellow All-RJ players Amy Chudy and Brooke Lynch

Chudy scored 21 goals, assisted on 10 and secured 47 draw controls this season. Lynch, an All-CCC South defender, snared 26 ground balls, caused 12 turnovers and won 18 draws. She also scored 13 goals.

Sheehan

The Titans proved to be the last men and women standing. With 14 wins apiece, they were also the area’s winningest teams.

The boys reached the Class S semis led by Braedon McCarthyDevin Napoli, Jake Smith and Wes Terzi. Tellingly, all four were key players on other successful Sheehan teams — Napoli on the state runner-up hockey squad; McCarthy, Smith and Terzi on the state semifinalist football team.

Terzi wound up making All-State in both sports. He was All-State Class M in the fall and All-State Second Team here in the spring. Football is the game he’ll be playing at Trinity College.

Likewise with Jake Smith. He’s lined up to play football at Massachusetts Maritime.

Sheehan’s top girls player, Carlee Crispens, is a lax player through and through. She’s heading to Springfield College after her 59-goal senior season that got her named SCC Tier II Player of the Year.

The Lady Titans reached their first SCC Tournament this year and, once there, pulled off an upset of Branford. A trio of underclassmen played key roles: junior Madison Gaynor and sophomores Mallory Crispens and Molly Donegan.

Gaynor had a 55-point season, scoring 38 goals and assisting on 17. She was named All-SCC Second Team.

Crispens (Carlee’s younger sister) scored 18 goals and set up 19. Donegan, who started as a freshman, potted 26 goals.

So, even with the departure of the older Crispens, the Lady Titans remain in good shape to take a run at a fifth straight winning season and state tournament appearance in 2020.

Lyman Hall

The Trojans have not matched the pace of the Titans since the two Wallingford schools started playing varsity lacrosse in 2014. Lyman Hall, however, has quality pieces.

The boys team was led by multi-sport standouts Furkan Parcal and Matt Pettit. Parcal was Lyman Hall’s leading tackler in football and Pettit one of the leading scorers on the Lyman Hall Co-op state championship hockey team.

Pettit did not lose the scoring touch in the spring. The junior scored 26 goals, set up 12 and scooped up 67 ground balls. Parcal pounced on 41 grounders.

Two senior captains led the girls team, Peri Combs and Bianca DeSimone. Both were named to the All-SCC Second Team.

Combs played defense, yet also scored 11 goals. Averaging 47 of a possible 50 minutes a game, Combs almost never came off the field.

DeSimone was the scoring leader. Like Anne Eddy at Cheshire, DeSimone broke her older sister’s record. Marena DeSimone scored 37 goals last spring. Bianca blew that away with 56.


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